The latest edition of the Cincy Jungle Writer's Mock Draft is here. Be sure to keep up with all of the picks in a out stream page.
Next up are the New Orleans Saints. After a big offseason in which they've added big-name free agents like Jairus Byrd, hitting a homerun with this pick could make them a true Super Bowl contender.
Jason: Saints take Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
Rob Ryan is salivating at the mouth to get a pass-rusher like Dee Ford to bring into his blitz-heavy defense. Ford fits perfectly into the Saints' 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker.
Having lost longtime pass-rusher Will Smith, the Saints need to add another one in this draft, and Ford fits the bill. This past season, Ford notched 10.5 sacks to go with 14.5 tackles-for-loss.
Anthony: Saints take Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
The Saints probably could use some wide receiver help, but seeing a versatile guy like Shazier still on the board would likely cause Rob Ryan to foam at the mouth. In a 3-4 defense, Shazier might be a rover-like player on the outside because of his ability to get to the quarterback and be fast enough to cover most of the field. His "'tweener" size causes him to fall a bit, but he would be a nice addition in The Big Easy.
Mickey: Saints take Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
The Saints like to get after opposing quarterbacks. They ranked top 5 in the NFl last season for sacks and would love to build upon that presence up front. They may have some other needs, but if a player like Ford drops to them it is going to be hard for them to not pull the trigger.
Ford may have cemented his first round status with his play in the Senior Bowl, but some believe this would still be a reach. Rob Ryan probably barks the loudest to bring Ford into New Orleans.
|1 - Texans||Jadeveon Clowney||Johnny "Football" Manziel||Jadeveon Clowney|
|2 - Rams||Greg Robinson||FALCONS TRADE: Jadeveon Clowney||Greg Robinson|
|3 - Jaguars||Teddy Bridgewater||Blake Bortles||Khalil Mack|
|4 - Browns||Blake Bortles||Sammy Watkins||Blake Bortles|
|5 - Raiders||Khalil Mack||Greg Robinson||Johnny Manziel|
|6 - Falcons||Jake Matthews||RAMS TRADE: Mike Evans||Jake Matthews|
|7 - Buccaneers||Sammy Watkins||Jake Matthews||Sammy Watkins|
|8 - Vikings||JETS TRADE: Mike Evans||Khalil Mack||Teddy Bridgewater|
|9 - Bills||Eric Ebron||Eric Ebron||Eric Ebron|
|10 - Lions||Justin Gilbert||Justin Gilbert||Justin Gilbert|
|11 - Titans||Anthony Barr||Aaron Donald||Antony Barr|
|12 - Giants||Aaron Donald||Anthony Barr||Aaron Donald|
|13 - Rams||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||Taylor Lewan||Mike Evans|
|14 - Bears||Taylor Lewan||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||Timmy Jernigan|
|15 - Steelers||Kyle Fuller||Darqueze Dennard||Darqueze Dennard|
|16 - Cowboys||Johnny Manziel||Odell Backham||Ha Ha Clinton Dix|
|17 - Ravens||Marqise Lee||Marqise Lee||Zach Martin|
|18. Jets||VIKINGS TRADE: Derek Carr||Calvin Pryor||Kyle Fuller|
|19. Dolphins||Zack Martin||Zack MArtin||CJ Mosley|
|20. Cardinals||CJ Mosley||BROWNS TRADE: Teddy Bridgewater||Taylor Lewan
|21. Packers||Jimmie Ward||Kyle Fuller||Jimmie Ward|
|22. Eagles||Odell Beckham||Xavier Su'a-Filo||Odell Beckham|
|23. Chiefs||Brandin Cooks||Cyrus Kouandijo||Marqise Lee|
|24. Bengals||Darqueze Dennard||Dee Ford||Kony Ealy|
|25. Chargers||Jason Verrett||Louis NIx||Jason Verrett|
|26. Browns||Bradley Roby||CARDINALS TRADE: Derek Carr||Brandin Cooks|
|27. Saints||Dee Ford||Ryan Shazier||Dee Ford|